Weekly Coach Newsletter - January 12, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - January 12, 2021

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Vote for the 2021-2022 Policy Debate Topic 

The final 2021-2022 Policy Debate topic ballot is open! The five topic areas have been narrowed down to two. Member students and one chapter advisor per active school are eligible to vote. Voting ends Thursday, January 14. To vote, log in to your Account page and select “NSDA Voting” from the left side menu. Be sure to remind your Policy teams to do the same.

Download the Public Forum Topic Analysis

Members can access our new topic analysis for the January PF topic, Resolved: The National Security Agency should end its surveillance of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
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2021 Online National Tournament

We notified coaches yesterday that the 2021 high school and middle school Nationals will be held online given the ongoing pandemic. We also announced expanded access to the tournament this year through supplemental events. Every day bears out the importance of teaching speech and debate at our schools. The National Tournament offers students an unparalleled platform to share their stories and speak up on the issues they care about, and we are committed to giving students that opportunity through an online event. More information will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are a few key dates to keep in mind for high school and middle school. 
  • February 15: Tournament details and the tournament manual are released online. 
  • March 1: Tournament registration opens.
  • May 1: Tournament registration closes.

Fundraising Letter Template

Local businesses are always looking for more exposure in the community. Consider selling sponsorship packages in exchange for special promotional opportunities. When you're ready to reach out, use this template letter from a student to connect!

Intro Video: How to Cut a Debate Card

Kicking off second semester with debate? Check out this new demonstration video on how to cut a card. The instructor in this video uses Verbatim, a free, open-source platform for paperless debate, built as a template for Microsoft Word by our Director of Technology Aaron Hardy
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Read the Community Impact Report

Explore how NSDA membership helped coaches and students get involved, build their skills, and celebrate achievement in the 2020 Community Impact Report
529 new schools. 10,610 coaches. 140,000 students. 74,415 total degrees, coach and student 10,915 total awards. 135 coach service awards. 25 All Americans. 1,356 Academic All Americans. 259 First Diamonds.

Claim Your Toolkit: Celebrate Speech and Debate

Make a plan to celebrate speech and debate's biggest day on March 5, 2021, National Speech and Debate Education Day! A parent, student, volunteer, or coach can sign up to be a captain for your school and receive our digital toolkit and free resources to help plan how your team will celebrate the life-changing skills millions of students have gained through this activity. 
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